I really enjoyed The Intern and it's sequel, Faking It, so i'm really happy to be hosting a day on the Faking It Blog Tour. Here's a fab guest post by the lovely lady herself, Gabrielle Tozer.
Maths was far from my strongest subject at high school, but I do love sharing a cheeky statistic (or 12!). Check these digits out...
22.2k+ The number of times I’ve tweeted since 2009 when I should have been writing THE INTERN, FAKING IT, book three, blog posts, articles, you name it… something other than tweets!
312* The number of times I saved the FAKING IT manuscript word document per minute to avoid losing anything. This number has increased since writing THE INTERN, as I have experienced the sheer terror of losing edits on a scene. It’s not, pretty, kids. I may have morphed into a teary-tantrum-throwing tornado. Like I said, not pretty at all.
0 The number of vegetarian pizzas I ate while writing FAKING IT. Are you crazy? Hawaiian’s where the party’s at! (And I ate about a million of those – yep, I love me some H&P, just like my books’ unlikely hero, Josie Browning.)
4 The number of times I came up with a new schedule to try to fit writing FAKING IT around a fulltime job. I tried colour-coded spreadsheets, lists (involving wake-up and leave-the-house times, so I didn’t get TOO into it and forget to go into the office!), post-its, phone alarms, epic diarising… Which brings me to:
0 The number of schedules I perfected while trying to fit writing FAKING IT around a fulltime job. Turns out, it doesn’t matter how much you plan, penning 80,000-90,000 words around an 8-6 job is damn hard. A routine helps, but flexibility is often just as important.
9 The number of times I gave myself butterflies writing certain scenes between certain characters in a certain new book… (Hello, Josie, James and Alex!).
40 The number of pages I axed in one of the later, close-to-deadline edits of FAKING IT. It definitely makes for a pacier, tighter, punchier read, but I can still hear those unused words, sentences and paragraphs screaming my name in the middle of the night.
5** The number of Ferrero Rafaellos I want to eat right now. OK, OK… the number of Ferrero Rafaellos I have eaten right now.
4 The number of people I definitely know will read FAKING IT (Hi JT, Mum, Dad and Jacqui!). Everyone else… do you accept bribes?
Millions The number of people I hope will read FAKING IT and THE INTERN. Can someone get Oprah, Ellen and Jimmy Fallon on the phone already?
3 The number of times I’ve frocked up all nice and fancy while writing from home. Every other time? Bra off, trackies on! Other go-to writing attire includes: JT’s-tee-and-undie combination, singlets-and-undies combination, singlet-and-loose skirt combination. Comfort is key!
Countless The number of emails, calls, tweets, messages and comments from readers that have put a smile on my dial throughout this process. Honestly, the support, excitement and positivity from you all reminds me why I do what I do! Keep it coming – I love writing books for you guys. Actually, on that note, I better bust out a fresh box of Ferrero Rafaellos… I have a new book to work on!***
*As always, all statistics are estimations from the very scientific Gabrielle Tozer School of Made-up Stuff and Other Awesomesauceness.
**Kidding. Maybe we should double that number. Or triple it. You know, just to be safe. And really, really scientific.
***Just need to eat my body weight in Mum’s Christmas cooking first!